N.O. City leaders to look at ways to make next Mardi Gras safer

They call Mardi Gras 2020 a success despite two deaths

Kenny Kuhn
February 26, 2020 - 10:12 am
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The crowds are gone, tons of trash and beads have been cleared out of the streets by bulldozers and some people are nursing hangovers in this, the aftermath of Mardi Gras 2020.

Aside from families and the people of New Orleans mourning two tragic deaths at two separate parades, New Orleans City Councilman and council vice president Jason Williams says overall, Mardi Gras was a success but more needs to be done to make it safer.

“We sort of rate Mardi Gras in terms of the number of people, a successful parade. We still have to use all of our standards and figure out a way to make it safe for next year.” Williams adds "It was a very successful Mardi Gras short of the tragedies that fell, and they were accidents but we are still trying to learn from them.”

Councilman Williams says each year Mardi Gras has grown exponentially in crowd size and attendance year-over-year. Williams says New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson has stressed the crowds, are growing.

 “And he has walked it (parade route) for years even before he was a chief, and he said certain pockets are bigger than he has ever seen them, and our floats are bigger and taller than they have ever been before,” Williams said. “We have to take next year and look at all of that, and we probably need to get a little more scientific about it as well.”

When talking about how to move forward and make Mardi Gras safer, Williams says he wants everyone involved in the planning of Mardi Gras, to come to the table together.

“We need the Mardi Gras krewes, we need some riders, neighbor participation, law enforcement participation, city leadership, because we want to make sure what comes out of this thing is a very thoughtful process, we have a year to do it.”

Chief Ferguson says the NOPD has learned a lot from this Mardi Gras, "This has been a great Mardi Gras but there is much we have learned from this Mardi Gras that we do from any certain tragedies."

New Orleans city officials and parade organizations will start meeting this week to look at what needs to be done for next year's celebration.

"And we have that meeting actually scheduled on Thursday at 5 p.m. with our public safety team assembled along with the mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Council representing all of the krewes," said New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell.

The mayor also called this year's mardi gras a success despite the two deaths.

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